Lithuanian Railways to upgrade another section of Vilnius-Klaipeda railway

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) continues to upgrade the railway between the capital of Vilnius and the seaport of Klaipeda, informed LG representative.

The state railway operator has launched an international tender for the construction of a second track on the Livintai-Gaiziunai section of the railway, with the contract to be awarded through a negotiated procedure.

The preliminary value of the project is put at 75 mln euros.

“By implementing the project, we continue with the development of the TEN-T network in Lithuania, which will help increase traffic safety (and) reduce transportation costs, environmental pollution and noise levels,” said Karolis Sankovskis, director of the company’s Railway Infrastructure Directorate.

The project is aimed at increasing the throughput capacity and train speeds in the Trans-European Transport Network’s (TEN-T) Corridor IX B from Kena to Klaipeda, Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai said.

Among other things, the project calls for reconstructing 10.7 kilometers of the existing track and building 10.7 kilometers of a new track, as well as upgrading electricity, signaling and communication systems on the line.

After the project is completed, maximum speeds on the stretch will be increased to 160 kilometers per hour for passenger trains and to 120 km/h for freight trains.

The project, which will be co-financed by the EU, is planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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